English Literature

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British literature and history from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century, with an emphasis on poetry, fiction, and drama.

We usually have a selection of literary works from the STC and Wing period (i.e. before 1701), and a broad range of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century fiction and poetry, particularly the Romantics. We also have a selection of historical manuscripts, prints and broadsides, and works in translation.

Among important works which have passed through our hands are the editor's presentation copy of Milton's Lycidas, Swift's Modest Proposal, the autograph draft of Byron's She walks in beauty, the autograph manuscript of Jane Austen's only play Sir Charles Grandison, Dickens’s copy of Vanity Fair, Trollope's classical library, and, over the years, some fifty Shakespeare First Folios.

  1. ACCOUNT OF THE MOST REMARKABLE VOYAGES (An)

    from the Discovery of America by Columbus...

    London: William Darton and Son … 1831.

    First and only edition of a compendium...

    £250

  2. AEMYLIUS, Paulus (Paolo EMILIO).

    ...

    Paris, Michel Vascosan, 1550.

    Early editions of the three classical complementary...

    £750

  3. (a). GOULET, Robert.

    Compendium recenter editum de multiplici...

    Paris, Toussaint Denis, 1517.

    First edition of the first account of...

    £12500

  4. AINSWORTH, William Harrison.

    The Lord Mayor of London: or, City Life...

    London: Chapman and Hall ... 1862.

    First edition. The Lord Mayor of London...

    £750

  5. AINSWORTH, William Harrison.

    Preston Fight; or, the Insurrection of...

    London: Tinsley Brothers … 1875.

    Ainsworth’s decline in popularity in...

    £950

  6. ALBERTI, Leon Battista.

    Momus [or De principe].

    Rome, Jacopo Mazochi, 1520.

    First edition of this political...

    £4600

  7. ALBERTI, Leon Battista.

    El Momo. La moral e muy graciosa historia...

    Alcalá de Henares, Joan Mey Flandro, 1553.

    First edition in Spanish of Alberti’s...

    £3800

  8. ALBERT, Sidney P.

    ‘Shaw’s Advice to the Players of Major...

    Reprinted from Modern Drama, XIV, 2 (1791).

    £20

  9. ALEKSANDROVA, Zinaida and Dmitry GORLOV.

    Мишкины соседи [Little Bear’s...

    Moscow, VLKSM Izdatelstvo Detskoi Literaturi,...

    First edition. A very nice copy of this...

    £350

  10. ALFIERI, Vittorio. LLOYD, Charles, translator.

    The Tragedies of Vittorio Alfieri; translated...

    London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees,...

    First edition of this translation, which...

    £450

  11. AMOS, William.

    Minutes in Agriculture and Planting …...

    Boston [Lincolnshire], Printed by J. Hellaby,...

    First edition, rare. William Amos was the...

    £2250

  12. [ANON]

    The adventures of John Manks and his pock-marked...

    Dublin, P Bereton 1 Lr Exchange Street,...

    This short nonsense-writing prose anecdote...

    £125

  13. [ANON].

    Le mie vedute su la sanità e la longevità.

    Naples, Vincenzo Orsino, 1804.

    Rare first edition, purportedly a reply...

    £950

  14. ANTHONY, Gordon.

    Ballet. Camera Studies by Gordon Anthony....

    London, Geoffrey Bles, 1937.

    The deluxe edition, no. 77 of 100 copies,...

    £350

  15. ARISTOPHANES.

    The Birds … Translated by the Rev. Henry...

    London: Printed for Taylor and Hessey …...

    First edition. ‘Given how much there...

    £350

  16. [ARIZZI, Francesco.]

    Il buffone di nuova invenzione in Italia....

    Venice, Antonio Bortoli, 1740.

    First and only edition of Arizzi’s adaptation...

    £600

  17. A[RNOLD, Matthew].

    The Strayed Reveller, and other Poems. By A.

    London: B. Fellowes …1849

    First edition of Arnold’s first book,...

    £600

  18. AUBREY, John.

    Miscellanies, viz. I. Day-Fatality. II....

    London: Printed for Edward Castle … 1696.

    First edition of Aubrey’s entertaining...

    £950

  19. [AUGUSTINE, Saint, attributed author.]

    The Meditations of Saint Augustine, from...

    Dublin: Printed for the Author, by H. Fitzpatrick...

    First edition of this rare translation...

    £1250